Respondent
Nelkin, Arthur
Interview Date
May 19, 1986
Abstract
Arthur Nelkin, an award-winning scientist in the field of oceanography, has worked with Jacques Cousteau in ocean research and was Chief Scientist of Oceanic Research at Westinghouse Electric Corporation; birth year, 1917;
[T1S1] father's work history; parents' emigration from Europe to Gloversville, NY; parents' marriage; family moves to Brooklyn, NY, and Newark, NJ; moves to Pittsburgh, PA to work for Penn Tire Company; education, Gloversville High School, Carnegie Institute of Technology in Physics; home life; Jewish education; father was president of Glove Workers Union; influence of teachers; employment as youth; financing his college education by playing football; playing football and other activities as an adolescent; activities at Carnegie Tech; member, Tau Delta, Jewish fraternity; works for the Bureau of Mines after graduation; contract employment with the United States Navy;
[T1S2] courtship and marriage; employment with Westinghouse Underwater Science Division; his children; their careers and families; recollections of pollution in Pittsburgh; affiliation with Rodef Shalom Temple; board member, Jewish Family and Children's Service; involvement with United Way; 1975, Recipient of the Westinghouse Honor of Merit Award for technical advances in acoustic science; developer of an acoustic aid for the blind; founder of an ocean research lab in 1965; working with Jacques Cousteau in ocean research;
[T2S3] his retirement from the position of Chief Scientist of Oceanic Division; job discrimination in the 1930s and 1940s; 1965-70, his work at the Ocean Research Lab in La Jolla, CA; building a new submersible in contract arrangement with the Navy; diving during research and building projects; some description of Jacques Cousteau; board member, Young Men's and Women's Hebrew Association, United Jewish Federation; involvement with Rehabilitation Institute; his enjoyment of sports; family members still in the Gloversville area; his lectures; story of his daughter's summer in the south during race riots; her marriage and career; son's career;
[T2S4] views about the Jewish community, Squirrel Hill community.
Subjects
Cousteau, Jacques Yves; Science; Oceanography; Westinghouse Electric & Manufacturing Company
Birth Date
1917
City
Gloversville, NY
Profession
Scientist
Work
Oceanic Divistion, Westinghouse Electric Corporatino
Residence
Squirrel Hill
Occupation (father)
Glove cutter
Length (hours)
2
Interviewer1
Goldzer, Louis
Interviewer2
Goldzer, Bicky
Indexer
Zetler, Adrienne
Collateral Materials
Box 104 FF 41
Identifier
ais196440.327
Rights
All rights reserved. University of Pittsburgh